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Richard Armacost Hess ’42

Published in Apr. 21, 1999, issue

Dick died Nov. 28, 1998, at home, in Easton, Md. He devoted his entire career to life insurance, remaining as a consultant to the firm he founded in 1972 until the time of his death.

Having prepared at Gilman, Dick left Princeton in 1941 to join the Army, serving as a chief warrant officer in reconnaissance in the American, European, and Pacific theaters from 1942-46. He attended Oberlin College after the war, earning a degree in economics. He worked for Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. as director of field service until 1963, when he left to join Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Philadelphia. In 1970 he became president and CEO of U.S. Life Insurance Co. of the State of New York, resigning in 1972 to found Special Pooled Risk Administrators, Inc., a reinsurance company, in Summit, N.J., which he sold in 1985. Retiring to Easton, Md., he was active as treasurer of the Academy of Arts.

The class extends its sympathies to his widow, Patricia; to his daughter, Abigail; and to his granddaughter, Victoria.

The Class of 1942

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